I would love to be able to paint like this:
Steve Hanks “Mother’s Pride” and “____” (Couldn’t find the title)
(Grabbed from this website http://www.articlesweb.org/lifestyle/watercolor-painting-tips-things-to-learn-in-using-watercolor-paints but no artist identification found)
For now, these are some of mine, fuzzy from the scanner (they look better in real life):
A neighbour, who now does only oils, recently lent me all of his watercolour books and gave me some paper and paints. In those books I learned that I should never use paper that is less than 140 lbs if I want bright clear colours and the ability to layer and detail. The paper I’ve been using is 90 lbs which these books say is for small children only.
I now have the heavier paper and am suddenly shy. Until I try it out, I can say I could do better with better paper and blame the inferior paper for what I don’t like about the sketches. I have fallen into the perfectionist trap of not trying something for fear of ‘failing’. My fear is that my drawings will never get any better because I have mediocre talent.
In type, I can see this is ridiculous. Of course I have mediocre talent; I’m not an artistic genius even in my mother’s generous view. (This is a fact; I’m not fishing for a compliment.) But with practice and after some paintings I don’t like, I can make good paintings. It is practice that will determine my skill. And each attempt gives me more practice. My sketches are not reflective of my worth as a person, just a cumulation of my mood at the time, how distracted I was, and how much practice I’ve had.
Ok, I’m psyched up enough now to start. Thanks imaginary audience for helping me feel like I’m not talking to myself. Constructive criticism welcome.